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Standing on Shoulders

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Karina and Matthew talk about the trailblazers in children’s literature, including recognizing some of the first authors of color and indigenous authors to have their books traditionally published.

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Meg Medina’s Newbery Acceptance Speech (The Horn Book)

Sophie Blackall’s Caldecott Acceptance Speech (The Horn Book)

Children’s Legacy Literature Award Acceptance by Christopher Myers on behalf of Walter Dean Myers (The Horn Book)

“Standing on Shoulders” (blog post by Linda Sue Park)

Coretta Scott King Book Awards – All Recipients, 1970-Present

Season 2, Episode 12 of Book Riot’s Recommended podcast (Karina talks about Mildred D. Taylor’s Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry)

Dr. Debbie Reese, American Indians in Children’s Literature

American Indian Youth Literature Award

Cynthia Leitich Smith, Cynsations website

Asian/Pacific American Literature Award Winners

Pura Belpré Award Winners


African-American Early Children’s Book Creators

Langston Hughes: Popo and Fifina: Children of Haiti

Lucille Clifton: Everett Anderson’s Goodbye

Mildred D. Taylor: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, new book coming on January 7, 2020: All the Days Past, All the Days to Come

Eloise Greenfield: Honey I Love, Thinker: My Puppy Poet and Me

Virginia Hamilton: Wrote 41 books, including M.C. Higgins, The Great

Mildred Pitts Walter: Justin and the Best Biscuits in the World

Donald Crews: Freight Train, Truck

Ashley Bryan: Freedom Over Me

Native-American Early Children’s Book Creators:

Fred Kabotie

Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve: The Cherokees, The Cheyennes, The Sioux, The Christmas Coat: Memories of My Sioux Childhood

Michael Lacapa: The Flute Player and Less Than Half, More Than Whole

Asian-American Early Children’s Book Creators:

Taro Yashima: Crow Boy

Yoshiko Uchida: Journey to Topaz, Picture Bride, The Bracelet, A Jar of Dreams

Sook Nyul Choi: The Year of Impossible Goodbyes

Marie G. Lee: If It Hadn’t Been For Yoon Jun

Haemi Blagassi: Peacebound Trains, Tae’s Sonata

Latinx Early Children’s Book Creators:

Alma Flor Ada: My Name is Maria Isabel. Picture books: The Gold Coin and Dear Peter Rabbit.

LGBTQ Early Children’s Book Creators:

John Donovan, I’ll Get There. It Better Be Worth the Trip

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